Saturday, December 29, 2018

Make Nine 2018 Challenge - I did it!

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The addiction continues! Another challenge completed!  
No surprise, right! 😄

The great thing about this challenge is that we were able to pre-select which pieces we'd make...and change our minds along the way! So I was able to make garments that I'd actually wear! 
This made it even more fun than some of the other challenges I've participated in! 

I will be scaling back on the number of challenges that I participate in for 2019.  This one will remain on my list. Although most are meant to help improve our sewing and tailoring skills, some are just not practical garments for my body type or lifestyle. 

 The pics are not posted in
any particular sewing or completion order!  
I hope you enjoying reading about them!

                                                                      Butterick 6248

This beautiful print was made late one night.  I'd purchased this ITY knit from Vogue Fabrics in 2017.  I enjoyed the challenge of matching the print.  And that godet in the back is just fun!  
My only hacks were to lengthen the front and to make the sleeves 3/4 length.

Simplicity 8377

This acid wash rayon mix fabric drove me a little bit crazy!  I spotted it in Joann's but was never able to find enough to make the duster I knew it was meant for!  When I finally spotted a bolt with enough fabric for a duster, I bought what was left on the bolt! Although is it not denim, it was sold with the denim fabrics, so I bought it when the denim fabric was on sale!  
I hacked it by altering the sleeves and added black bias binding!  Can't wait till spring or summer when I can wear it again!

McCalls 7542

This was made due to a bit of jealously!  LOL!
I'd made so many pieces for other people with this Kente print fabric that I decided it was time to use it to make something for myself! 
The fabric was purchased from LLD720 African Fabrics

Simplicity 1108

Sew, sew fun to make and wear!  This border print had been in my stash for several years.
I really enjoyed working on the placement of the print! 
The semi-circular band posed somewhat of a problem for my brain, but I just slowed down and carefully followed the instructions and paid attention to how it was attached in the photos.  
Although I wasn't sure how the print placement would work, I was more than thrilled with the final outcome!

McCall's 7622

This dress was made as part of a challenge!  I was inspired by a great sewist and blogger: Linda Fay Lewis.  I added cold  shoulders and changed the sleeves to bell sleeves.  I've since shortened it by a few inches - and I'm even happier with it!
The black and white sheer duster I am wearing with is a self-drafted pattern!  Check here to read my blog post about it!

Vogue 9275

This one took a while to complete! The fabric is a quilted knit with gold thread.  I purchased it from Joann's at the beginning of the year, but had no idea what I would make.  Then I found a 2 yard remnant at Vogue Fabrics. It's a brown knit guessed it - gold thread!  Then, boom!  The idea hit me!  A Long Bomber Jacket - with a gold satin lining from from my stash!  My only hack was to use a shorter zipper than the pattern suggested.  It took longer than usual because my sewing machine had to be repaired and I was just not willing to trust my back up machines to complete the top-stitching...knit and satin...oh my!
Sew, I waited until my machine was repaired, but by then I was involved in other being my Online Sewing Classes!  There is always time to register for stand alone classes or my membership program!

Butterick 5954

Sometimes I sew for trips I'm taking!  Ok...I sew for most trips I take!
  No idea why I that, but I do!
I made this black top with stretch crepe to wear at the Houston International Quilt Fest in November where I had the honor and pleasure of working with Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden.
This fabric is a glorious fabric to work with and wear and it travels well!  It has great drape and great recovery.  I noticed that another sewist added buttons to prevent the front flap from flying open and revealing her "secrets".  So I opted to do the same thing.  I found the cute heart shaped buttons at Joann's.  I'm glad I added the buttons - it made it even more comfy to wear!
I love the hi/low effect! I can see wearing it with a pencil skirt!

Simplicity 8529

This was such a quick make that I've made 3 of them.
 I didn't hack this one, but I've hacked the other two!  
They will show up in a later blog post.
This fabric is a ribbed knit that I purchased last year for a totally different project.  When I decided to make this top, I knew I had to pre-wash the fabric, because 100% cotton ribbed knits usually shrink like crazy.  This one did not shrink, but it turned from off-white to this buttery yellow.
I love the "new" color!

Simplicity 1108

Yes!  I made it again!  This time I used a very sheer sweater knit that I've had in my stash for many years...mainly because I couldn't decide what to do with it!  I finally reminded my self that "it's just fabric"!

It was much too sheer to support the band that the pattern called for and it would not have supported any interfacing.  So I decided to try some fleece binding! It worked beautifully!  
I love how airy it is and that it can be dressed up or down with a dress or jeans or skinny jeans.

Simplicity 8553

The striped ribbed knit fabric was gifted to me...and I loved how it matched the solid ponte from my stash! I hacked the shape of sleeves a bit.  And yes, it has pockets! I have not yet worn it, but it will easily work with a dress, skirt or jeans!

Simplicity 8377

I love how versatile this patterns is!  This is another "make to travel" piece.  And my new bias binding addiction is evident! But I sew loved how it turned out in this active-wear knit, that I could not bring myself to wear it on the plane!  It was just too nice to put it through the hassle of the airport or plane.  
It went to the Houston International Quilt Fest in my luggage!
I'm happily wearing it on the last day fest in the bottom photo! 

 Simplicity 8377

  Last, but definitely not least!  
This is a peach skin fabric from my stash from the long gone Hancock's Fabric!  This print required print matching...I'm very happy with the outcome! And yes...more bias binding...this one was navy!  I chose to hack the sleeves to make them more of a kimono style.
 All those colors on top of the navy base makes this a fun piece to wear!

I've worn it at least 5 times since I made it...including on Grandparents' Day and to a meet up with my friend Sandy!

Are you planning to participate in any sewing/crafting challenges this year?
Let me know by commenting below!

Happy Endless Sewing!

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